Four Roses Single Barrel

January 15, 2012 · Posted in Drinks 

Full Disclosure: I got this as a sample from the company. All reviews, however bad they may turn out to be, are my own.

The first time that I had Four Roses bourbon was a year or two ago at a cigar dinner in Fullerton, CA. Most of the time most of the attendees are happy with their food and drink; this time was no different. In fact, this is one of the few alcoholic beverages that I really remember from any of those cigar dinners that I attended and the general consensus was that Four Roses offerings were some of the best we’d ever had.

First off, here’s what Four Roses has to say about their bourbon:

A premium Single Barrel Bourbon with a taste you’ll want to savor again and again. Complex, full bodied and surprisingly smooth with a delicate long finish that’s unbelievably mellow. Contains hints of ripe plum and cherry tastes with fruity, spicy aromas including maple syrup and cocoa. Drink straight up or on the rocks. 100 proof.

Before I launch into this review in earnest I just want to make one thing clear: I’m not going to be able to pick out all the nuances that I am sure are contained in my glass, which, incidentally enough, is a Four Roses glass that I’ve had for a long while. What I can tell you is how much I liked it and I can give you my idea of what kind of cigar would go well with this drink.

The cigar that I am smoking with this drink is the CAO Lx2, which I really like. But that’s not the point of this review, now, is it? No, the bourbon is and I am liking it.

Four Roses Single Barrel is 100 proof so it isn’t much of a surprise when I feel the fire slowly descend past my esophagus towards my stomach. What is surprising to me is that it is a very smooth drink.

Another sip of this bourbon, which I’ve poured straight, and I can easily pick up the sweetness in it. It’s not overpowering but is obviously there. The CAO Lx2, which is a stronger cigar with spice and leather, is working well with the Four Roses Single Barrel; good counterbalance.

I get the maple flavors that they talk about in their description but not the fruity flavors. What I most like about this bourbon is that the flavors are strong and fresh. It’s a good bourbon.

Furthermore, it is holding up well against this full bodied cigar. That is something worth expounding upon because I don’t think this bourbon would do well with a milder cigar. The Four Roses Single Barrel is just bold enough to require a cigar with strong flavors. Maybe the cigar doesn’t need to be full bodied but it needs to be good enough to stand on its own.

As I drink more of this 100ml sample I start to get those spicy notes more than the sweet ones. This is a bourbon that I am truly enjoying.

Now, take that for all it’s worth. I have never tried to review a drink before and even though I was not able to pick up on all those little nuances that others can what I can say is that I really liked this bourbon. It has strength behind it and some really good flavors. This Four Roses Single Barrel also has enough to stand up to some good cigars, making it a good pairing with a good cigar. For about $35.00 a bottle it is definitely worth a try.

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